Today was an interesting day to say the least. I'm sure you all have seen or heard about the bad storms that have been crossing the U.S. http://www.wral.com/weather/story/9451835/
My boyfriend and I have been on the house hunt for a few months now and the city we're looking in was hit hard by a tornado today. This morning we went to Sanford to look at some homes with our realtor and we knew the storms were coming this afternoon. We headed back to Pittsboro where we live which is about 12 miles north of Sanford. We were hesitant to come home this afternoon because we currently live in a modular home. We decided to grab some lunch and then head to Lowes to get a few things. I thought that going to Lowes would be a good place to kill some time and let the storm pass.
Around 3pm the Lowes people came on the speaker and said for everyone to get to the middle of the store. I sent a text to my siblings and my Mom to let them know where we were and what was going on, just in case. Everyone congregated there for about 20 minutes and they came over the speaker to say that the tornado warning had expired and we were good to go.
A few minutes later I got a phone call from my Sister who said that the Lowes in Sanford had gotten leveled by a tornado. She thought that we were at that particular Lowes since that's typically the store we go to.
We left Lowes and came home to check on our house and things were fine. My boyfriend was trying to get in touch with his boss and co-workers in Sanford and he couldn't get anyone to answer. We left Pittsboro and went back to Sanford to see if they were ok since their building is near the Lowes. Roads were blocked off in every direction and we had a terrible time trying to get to his work. We finally made it and the building right next door had been leveled. It missed his work by a few yards.
The city of Sanford is in disaster mode. All types of government agencies are there, along with the Red Cross, the city is imposing a curfew and there are mixed reports of fatalities.
I have never been so scared. Being from the eastern side of Virginia, I'm use to hurricanes and not tornadoes. I would take a hurricane ANY DAY over a tornado...bc at least you have warning of it coming. I am thankful that we are all ok but it is still very very scary. Just the thoughts of "what if"....I could not imagine what it would've been like had a tornado come through the store we were in.
After going through this today, I will NEVER again doubt that God puts people right where they are suppose to be. It is clear to me that He put us where we were suppose to be today. I just pray that those who were directly effected by this will be ok.
This is a picture of the building thats right next door to my boyfriends work. It's destroyed.